Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Larry Groupe's With an Accent from 1975
Analogously to the situation with Doug Lofstrom, who made the fabulous "Music" album then went on to produce a huge body of work as a serious composer, Larry Groupe made this one very early progressive album in the mid seventies before scoring (in both senses) a huge number of presumably commissioned soundtracks and other works for TV, documentaries, and movies. Note as well that this album is not included in that particular listing though it appears in the more progressive-oriented rateyourmusic. I would also assume he's not too proud of his earlier venture into progressive, DIY music, the way we are here in a kind of inverted pyramid of desirability or contrarian personality: the more oddball and bizarre the music the more appealing to us here, the more generic and popular, the less.
The album is made of 4 longish pieces all of which I'm going to guess are wholly performed by the artist, the overall sound is similar to the progressive pieces from Evergreen State artists, with a lot of Yes influence, composed passages using only guitar and piano, slightly odd singing. There is nothing complex about the arrangements which usually use just the standard rock quartet. On the other hand highly nonstandard are the melodies, chords, and ideas, nothing at all like the typical Rolling Stone-reviewed album.
As sample I'll use root 2 which is just the shortest of the 4 pieces:
Rare as hell too, right?
I don't know about you but I can never, ever get enough of this stuff.
And the fact that my wife will just never understand that.